Reflecting on how things are going

Week 19 of 'The Great Wake Up!'

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Week 19 of 'The Great Wake Up!' was a time to look back on how things have been for us. So I thought about the most recent experiments - 'Detox', 'Steal Back Time' and 'Guerilla Planting' - and considered how each had gone.

The first thing that occurred to me is that I have noticed a real change in the last month. Life has become increasingly busy and this has made a notable difference to the way in which I have approached these experiments.

Previously I had been able to throw myself wholeheartedly into them, but the recent constraints on my time have meant that I am not able to focus on them as much as I would have liked. However instead of not doing them, I have amended them slightly (particularly the 'tough' ones) to make them work for me, but in a way that still met the overall spirit of the experiment.

So in the 'Detox' experiment, rather than completely removing coffee, alcohol and refined sugar from my life, I compromised and removed the bar of chocolate and fizzy drink I have each day. This helped me become more aware of what I was generally consuming. In the 'Guerilla Planting' exercise, instead of planting or sowing something green in an empty space, I found a patch in my dad's garden and used that instead. Just this small act reminded me of my long forgotten dream of having a small piece of land to grow plants, flowers or vegetables.

So for me, I have been able to see results in simply making some small changes. I realised that I don't have to follow each experiment to the letter to be able to gain some benefits. Instead I can make them work for me in a much better way.

Another benefit of taking part in these experiments has been some of the things it has led me to. One of the reasons why things have been so busy recently is perhaps linked to my participation in these experiments. I have recently started my own writing project and some of the ideas for this have been sparked by what I have done in The Great Wake Up! I have also started journalling each morning which I never used to do. And I am also ensuring I squeeze in some downtime to do something relaxing - for me that's usually reading a novel, but more recently there have been some fantastic dramas on TV which I am starting to watch - again, this is something new.

Having said all this about making small amendments to the experiments in a way that suits me, I have just seen what Chris is suggesting we do for Week 20 and I am going to have come up with some really creative ways of participating during that week because there is no way you will catch me climbing up any trees. Not in these heels anyway!


I started off as a Great Wake Up! blogger but that wonderful project has sadly come to an end so now I am writing about being an introvert. I, like many other introverts, can feel lost as more and more value is placed on the number of connections we make rather than their quality. I often find myself in situations where I don't fit in and where louder people get a greater share of the focus. I am regularly seen as 'the quiet one' as if somehow that is a bad thing, when in fact, I think it's a pretty good thing. This blog is about my journey to find out more about the introvert personality and embrace my quiet side.


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over 5 years ago
Ha! Climbing trees tough in heels for sure. Thanks Preeti, loving your creativity and super important to make it work for you. C x